Tuesday, March 28, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 28, 2017 (Evening Edition)



Reuters: North Korea could be in final stages of nuclear test preparations: report

Satellite imagery of North Korea's main nuclear test site taken over the weekend indicates that Pyongyang could be in the final stages of preparations for a sixth nuclear test, a U.S. think tank reported on Tuesday.

Washington-based 38 North, a website that monitors North Korea, said the images from Saturday showed the continued presence of vehicles and trailers at the Punggye-ri test site and signs that communications cables may have been laid to a test tunnel.

Water was also being pumped out and was draining downhill "presumably to keep the tunnel dry for monitoring or communications equipment," it said.

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MIDDLE EAST

Russia general claims US-led coalition hit dam in Syria.

No peace deal in Syria without US role: opposition.

Syria: 40,000 displaced as fighting rages near Hama.

Coalition 'probably' had role in civilian casualties in Mosul: US general.

US denies loosening rules for avoiding civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. reinforcements in Mosul include up to 300 Army paratroopers.

Rights groups: Coalition failing to prevent civilian deaths in Mosul.

IS herds civilians into booby-trapped buildings, says UN.

Putin meets with Iranian leader, touts 'reliable and stable partner'.

Trump administration mulls escalating military role in Yemen.

U.N. may use other Yemen ports to ensure food pipeline, avert famine.

ASIA

North Korea could be in final preparations for nuclear test: report.

Exclusive: Afghans plan to double special forces from 17,000 as threats grow - sources.

General wants surge of US troops to break stalemate in Afghanistan.

Pakistan extends secret military courts.

South China Sea: Beijing can deploy military assets on islands anytime, US think tank says.

North Korea coal, air route, raise questions about sanctions.

Russia, North Korea sign 'labor immigration' accord.

Kashmir: 3 killed in violent protests after firefight.

Indian mob beats African students near Dehli following drug death.

Cyclone Debbie: Australia activates disaster response plan. Ferocious Cyclone Debbie batters north-eastern Australian coast.

AFRICA

Mali's former rebels agree to join peace conference.

The ongoing fight for Libya's strategic 'oil crescent'.

Nigeria's army ramps up military presence in Sambisa Forest.

Number of Kenyans going hungry doubles to three million.

Somalia famine complicates US counter-terror campaign.

Kasai unrest: Bodies found in hunt for UN Congo experts. Bodies of American, Swedish UN experts found in Congo.

Meningitis outbreak kills at least 140 in Nigeria.

Ahmed Kathrada: anti-apartheid titan jailed with Mandela dies at 87.

EUROPE

Poll shows Macron win in French election in shadow of 'Penelopegate'.

British PM May to fire starting gun on Brexit.

Scottish lawmakers to vote on independence referendum call.

Ukrainian separatists have Russia's latest weapons.

Poland's defense minister welcomes NATO troops.

Montenegro's bid to join NATO clears U.S. Senate hurdle.

Turks in Germany warned over surveillance from Ankara: report. Germany accuses Turkey of 'intolerable' spying on G├╝len supporters.

Tensions flare as Greece tells Turkey it is ready to answer any provocation.

Hungary opens shipping container camp for refugees.

Clashes in Paris over police killing of Chinese man. Paris clashes after French police kill Chinese man.

Measles outbreak across Europe.

AMERICAS

Senate to vote April 7 on US Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch.

House intel panel chief Nunes says he will not divulge his sources.

White House calls for domestic cuts to finance border wall.

Cheney: Russian election interference could be ‘act of war’.

Nunes won't leave Russia probe; Ryan says no need to.

Trump to sweep away Obama climate change policies. Trump puts anti-global warming projects on chopping block.

Congress gears up for fight over spending after failure of Health-Care Bill.

Pregnant Venezuelans pour into Colombia for medical attention.

Rich Venezuelans are seeking haven in Madrid.

Peru floods: Four killed as Piura bursts its banks.

Reports say Trudeau government will legalize marijuana by Canada Day 2018.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

IATA criticizes U.S., UK electronics bans as ineffective.

Al Qaeda entity involved in communal violence in central Mali.

Wife of London terrorist Khalid Masood ‘saddened and shocked’ by attack.

'Carlos the Jackal' given further life term for 1974 Paris grenade attack.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall Street posts sharp gains, fueled by strong consumer data.

Toshiba's Westinghouse to file for U.S. bankruptcy Tuesday: sources.

The Galaxy S8 will be Samsung's biggest test ever.

Selling water: Coke, Pepsi look to make water rain money.

Got camera? Facebook adds more Snapchat-like features.

Amazon to buy Middle East online retailer Souq.

New York's Fearless Girl statue to stay on till March 2018.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To bad its not a nuclear launch, then maybe i would care.